Saturday, October 29, 2011

Little Monster Ghosties

Saw a t-shirt at Bluenotes that had a bunch of different monsters on it and thought I'd draw them on my nails.

The shirt can be found here.  I don't wanna go through screen capturing and cropping the pic of the shirt to put it up here.

This is my left hand.  On the thumb it should be a wereghost, but ended up kind of looking like a bear.  Then we have an ugly ghost, a zombie ghost, a bat ghost and a frankenghost.

On my right hand we have a witchy ghost on my thumb.  From left to right we have uggo spideyghost, alien ghost, one eyed monster ghost, and vampire ghost.

Everything looks a bit like a mess and I didn't like it at first, but they slowly grew on me.  My favourite little ghost is the zombie one.

Two coats of Kleancolor Neon Orange, one coat of Kleancolor Holo Orange and acrylic paints for the monsters. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Polishes + Tiny Hex Glitters

I saw these at my local Winners, decided to pick them up since they were inexpensive.  There was another set with green, orange, purple and white polishes.  The bottles with the black bows are matte polishes while the blue is a creme and the deep red is shimmery.  They don't have individual names or numbers and they're supposed to be one coaters, but two coats is best.

And recently some nail art supplies that I bought off ebay arrived in the mail.  I bought these tiny hexagon glitters along with some larger nail gems and some gold/silver ball chains.  Wasn't really sure what I was gonna do with them, but decided upon an argyle design to use the glitters.

My hands are drrrryyyy.  Indoor heating makes my skin dry and itchy.  Anyway, I used the blue polish from above along with some acrylic paint for the diamond shapes and then used the hex glitters.  So happy that the colour from the glitter doesn't bleed.  I had previously bought a different set at the beginning of the year, but they lost their colour as soon as I put on a top coat.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blue/Grey French + Crawling with Spiders

Something simple in between some Halloween manicures.

This was three coats of joe Cement and then I used some tape and one coat of American Apparel The Valley.  I really love this colour combination and especially love this blue.  I used this same colour as the background of the octopus and boat design.


This was two coats of WetNWild Sleepwalker, should have done three, but I thought two was sufficient.  Then I used Color Club Antiquated to stamp spiders from BM13.  Didn't really like this, but it's alright.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Vignettes

Inspired from a design I saw from the October issue of Nail Up.

I did my left hand freehand with black/white acrylic paint, base colour was two coats of American Apparel Sunset Blvd.

For my right hand I used BundleMonster stamping plates BM13 from the older set and BM-224 from the newer set.  I also used acrylic paint for the frame.

For both nails I also added a little bit of sparkle with LA Colors Art Deco Silver Glitter.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wheel Art

Haven't been painting my nails lately.  I've shortened and squared off my nails again since I wasn't liking the shape before.  But I have been doing some nail art on some nail wheels.

 Zombie Nails

From left to right:
1. A sort of zombie crossing.
2. Eye and nose with worm coming out of the nose.  The pupil streaked down when I put on a top coat so it sorta looks like the pupil fell out of the eye.  I don't think that can actually happen, but I left it instead of a fixing it.
3. Zombie eye.
4. Zombie hand, but you can barely see it, should have used a different background colour or a lighter green.
5. Hand reaching out from the ground.

Show Off Skeleton

Skeleton showing off some painted tips.

Octopus Attack

Not really Halloween-y, but I was watching an episode of Arthur and it was the episode that D.W. was afraid of octopi after watching a show and wouldn't go into the water at the beach.  So octopus attacking a boat.  Scary to somebody, real or fictional.


Also, Treat Yo Self.  I love Donna from Parks and Recreation and soooo happy that she was featured more in the latest episode.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Simple skeletons on the nails, though the ribs of the skeleton on my index finger looks weird, I still quite like this.  The skeletons look like they could be dancing.

Three coats of American Apparel Sunshine State with acrylic paint for the skeletons.  I think Sunshine State looks brighter in my picture than in real life.  I think it looks a tad bit more mustardy in real life.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Haul + Girly Gothy

Went shopping again and because I had a teambuy coupon for American Apparel I bought some new polishes from them. 

Top row: L'Esprit, Dynasty and African Violet - for some reason the African Violet bottle is slightly rounder than the others.

Middle row: Mount Royal and two new shades The Valley Sunshine State

Bottom row: Two more new shades Pink Ladies and Sunset Blvd, lastly Summer Peach.  The colours are actually brighter in real life, but my camera couldn't capture them properly.

Didn't mean to buy this much, but they were in the process of adding new colours to the shelf so I bought more.


This isn't really my style, but I wanted to try out some acrylic skulls.  Looks alright I guess.  I think the skulls could have been more rounded and 3D looking.  I also used some gold beads to make a star.  A spider water decal for the middle finger.  And some stamping using the stars image from BM17.

Colours used KleanColor Black, White and Neon Pink.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Haul + Mixed Mani

My local Winners recently had some new Color Club sets in stock so I bought two of them.  First six polishes are from collection A of the Back to Boho sets.  Colours include Nomadic in Nude, Earthy Angel, New Bohemian, Shabby Drab, Rad Nomad and Red-ical Gypsy.  The set also includes a Stuck On You Basecoat.

The second set I bought was the Foiled collection, didn't see the Back to Boho collection B available.  Colours included in this set are Antiquated, Foil Me Once, Hot Like Lava, Perfect Mol-ten, Lumin-icecent and Cold Metal.

Haven't swatched these or really use 'em much except for one plastic wrap experiment.  However, I did use a couple for the following mani.

Flowers, stripes, polka dots.  For the thumb and pinky I did one coat of Perfect Mol-ten, middle and ring fingers were three coats of New Bohemian and the index finger was two coats of Wet N Wild Mad-Styles.  The nail art was done with acrylic paint.  Just something simple and girly.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Leopard Print with Flowers + Experiment

Saw a make up bag at Forever21 with a leopard and rose print and quite liked it so I thought I would try it out on my nails.  Not super in love with it because of the decals I used.  Probably would have been better if I had painted on the roses.

Base colour is Ardene Barely There, used Color Club Soft As Cashmere for the stamping colour and plate m57 for the print.  Was feeling lazy so I used water decals instead of painting.


Sorry for the dry looking hands picture above. From the Korean blog 달빛샤워의 Coffee Break :: 네이버 블로그 there was a scan from a Korean nail magazine that featured using plastic wrap to I guess smoosh around the polish.  I'm not too sure but that's what it looked like from the pictures.  Here's a link to the blog post with the scans, you'll have to scroll down to see the tutorial.

It looks alright, but it's  kind of bothersome to do.  Basically paint the nail, dab on some dots of colour, place a piece of plastic wrap over the nail and move it around a bit, remove plastic wrap let dry a bit and then put on top coat so it blends the colours a bit.

Here's another version that I did with different colours.

Did the same thing as above but I added some starry glitter top coat and some rhinestones which were a misstep.  Will probably continue to practice this until I am happy with the way it looks or just give up.